Reading helps stop child labor. Illiterate parents send their children to work instead of school because they do not see the value of education. And once in work the children stay there. Literacy breaks the cycle and allows them to work their way out of poverty.
World Bank / United Nations (2007)
Room to Read works to keep kids in education, and give them back their childhood. They focus on primary school children, encouraging them to develop their reading skills, and high school aged girls, supporting them to stay in school and reading. Tay Thi’s parents attempted to make her drop out so she could earn money for the family. She refused, even after they burnt her schoolbooks. With Room to Read’s help and funding, she is now a successful teacher.
I wanted to quit school because my family couldn't afford it. But Tay Thi encouraged me to continue so study. So I took the exams and passed them. Now I am a freshman in college.Tay Thi’s Brother
If all children from low-income families left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.